October 1, 2012 Subject:
Buskin Method - Undead Nightmare Review
While this album is technically thrash metal, let me first off say that it definitely has some black metal influences. For example, "The Beyond." Good outro track, kinda creepy, perfect for a walk at night, and to top it all off it has a piano. Obvious black metal influence in here. There is also some influence present in the vocals.
The vocals vary quite a bit. From raspy yells to grunts n growls. Even some screams (think black metal.) The vocals are easy to understand and have a certain gurgle quality about them, as if the vocalist had something in his throat. Also, the vocals have an air behind them, a breath accompanying the vocal distortion. Good vocals.
The guitars, simply put, are catchy. The riffs are good, straightforward yet sick at the same time. It has some power chord riffs, but appears to mostly focus on one line riffs. This gives it a very active time. Another plus it is actually has solos in addition to moving riffs. Based off of arpeggios the solo's simple but complex at the same time, so perfect yet unexpected. The guitar itself has very little distortion, just enough so you can tell it's there. Overall, it sounds pretty good.
The bass is hard to hear in some parts but definitely there. It has some drops and variations, but for the most part it simply mimics the guitar. It's not distorted, so you get a nice clean bass sound. It adds to the band, and makes it sound full and complete. Not a bad bass part, perhaps a bit more presence but overall no complaints.
I liked the drums on this album. They switched off between a beat resembling a gallop (listen, you'll hear what i mean) and various rock beats played at fast tempos. Pretty upbeat, as are most of the songs. The drums provide a strong base for the album, and thankfully the drummer can actually keep time. Good drums.
Overall, I'd recommend this album. No low points, but I'd say the drums and combination of styles would be the high points. Hoping for more from this band. Lots of potential, and hopefully lots of more music to be made too.